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SIR MARTIN TALKS ABOUT HIS BOOK
SIR MARTIN’S BOOK THE HOLOCAUST INSPIRES TEACHERS
How to give teachers background in the Holocaust to inspire their own teaching of it? Dr Harriet Sepinwall at the College of
Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey,
uses Sir Martin's book The Holocaust,
to train teachers on the Holocaust.
Martin spent time deep in the archives at Yad Vashem researching – some days, he recounted to me, he could not last more than an hour before he would be sick to his stomach and need to get air. He met those who had survived, those who had resisted, those who had helped Jews – he understood how important their eye-witness accounts were, though he was criticised at the time for using personal testimony. He travelled to the locations of murder, and his 1959 visit to Treblinka where he found bone fragments in the soil is recounted in the book's Preface.
Martin always felt deeply for his generation of children whose lives were cut short, who did not have the opportunities that he had – an education, love and family, and the freedom to pursue his interests. It is from this deep well of connection, along with his archival approach, that makes this book such an important place to begin any study and discussion of the Holocaust.
Sir Martin's speech at the India International Centre, Delhi, 3 June 2002 The Rise of Fascism in Europe in the Twentieth Century:
Lessons for Today
I first came to this great city in 1958 forty-four years ago, and was present when Jawaharlal Nehru spoke at the Red Fort on the eleventh anniversary of Indian Independence – to a crowd estimated at one million. In those days India was, as she is today, the world's largest democracy. A country for which fascism is – or ought to be – an alien creed, flourishing (when it does) on a distant continent.
Haider and Fortyn and Le Pen are not of Indian ideological stock, any more than Britain's inter-war fascist leader, Sir Oswald Mosley.